Rufus Johnson (American football)

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Rufus Johnson
No. 55 New England Patriots
Position: Defensive end / Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-08-28) August 28, 1990 (age 24)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Grady Spruce
College: Tarleton State
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183
Career history
Roster status: Future/reserve
Career NFL statistics
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Rufus Johnson (born August 28, 1990) is an American football defensive end with the New England Patriots. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tarleton State.[1]

Johnson is only the fourth player from Tarleton to be drafted by the NFL, and as the 183rd overall pick he is the highest NFL draft pick in school history. As a senior he was Lone Star Conference defensive lineman of the year, and was chosen for several Division II all-America teams.[2] Before Tarleton, he spent two years at Kilgore College.[3] He caught the Saints' attention with a strong performance at the Texas vs The Nation all-star game.[4][5] The Saints released Johnson on August 26, 2014.[6]

On December 31, 2014, the New England Patriots signed Johnson to a future/reserve contract.[7]


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